NTM in House Dust - suggestions for minimizing exposure
Years ago, while living in Woodstock, New York, I decided to leave the health field for a while and do something creative. I became a home stager. If you have ever watched HGTV you know what I’m talking about. I helped people prepare their homes for sale and loved it! Once the home was decluttered, some of my clients would jokingly tell me that their home felt so spacious and inviting that they no longer wanted to move!
So why not create that cozy and clean feeling for everyday living? Why not create space for better breathing, fewer cleaning chores and more creative thinking? Because whether we realize it or not, how we live impacts our health physically, mentally and emotionally.
Let’s get started with some tips:
The first step might be to remove area carpets and drapery. Not all of them, but rather those you can live without. Replace drapery with easy-to-clean blinds. This simple step will reduce dust that can cause lung infections (see research link below) and you will have more light.
Pare down your bookshelves. If you are not going to reread or refer to your books, think about donating them to a used bookstore or library. One of my dustiest jobs as a home stager was packing up a clients’ books. At the time I didn’t know I had bronchiectasis and I am sure that the many dusty jobs I did unmasked, were not good for me.
Once the largest tasks are completed, label bags DONATE and GARBAGE. Then, go through a couple of drawers every day and decide whether you want to keep, donate or throw away items.
Look around each room to see if there is unnecessary furniture and remove it. Rearrange the rooms so that they are more functional and pleasing.
Now that so much has been removed, it’s time for a deep cleaning. If you can afford to have cleaning help – great. If you are doing the cleaning, wear a mask and don’t get overtired. Do a little each day.
#declutter #maclungdisease #ntmlungdisease #nodust #bronchiectasis #copd #covid